Wisconsin hospitals improved in patient safety in the latest study by the Leapfrog Group.(Photo: AP file photo)

Wisconsin is one of five states whose hospitals, as a group, showed the most improvement in patient safety in the latest study by the nonprofit Leapfrog Group.

The hospitals in the states with the most significant improvements in Leapfrog’s “Hospital Safety Grades” since it began its rankings in 2012 are Oregon, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho.

Of the 56 Wisconsin hospitals ranked in the study, 33 achieved grades of “A” for patient safety. None of the Wisconsin hospitals received a failing grade.

The Wisconsin hospitals achieving an “A” grades were: Aurora Medical Center-Manitowoc County, Two Rivers; Bay Area Medical Center, Marinette; Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, Sheboygan; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan; Aurora Medical Center Grafton, Grafton; Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Green Bay; Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee; HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital of Green Bay; Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin-St. Joseph’s Hospital, West Bend; ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital; Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington; St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac; Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Elkhorn; Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital; Aurora Medical Center of Oshkosh; Watertown Regional Medical Center; Fort HealthCare, Fort Atkinson; Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Inc.; SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Janesville; Beloit Memorial Hospital; Mercy Health System Corporation, Janesville; SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Madison; Meriter Hospital, Madison; University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority, Madison; Divine Savior Healthcare, Portage; Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston; Monroe Clinic; Aspirus Riverview Hospital, Wisconsin Rapids; Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Franciscan Healthcare in LaCrosse; Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse; St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire; and Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

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Leapfrog is a watchdog organization that was started by employers and unions that wanted more public information about patient safety and quality. While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rates about 90% of hospitals “average,” Leapfrog is a much tougher grader. No other rating organization gives out anything equivalent to a D or F. 

The grades factor in medical errors, infections and injuries, based in part on patient responses to surveys, data provided to CMS, the American Hospital Association and voluntarily to Leapfrog.

Leapfrog posted grades for 2,600 hospitals Tuesday, including all 50 states for the first time.

For more information about the Wisconsin hospitals and their rankings, click here.


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